As everybody in and out of town talks about how Berlin’s gastronomy scene has evolved over the past years, I’ve always felt that beautifully and sensitively created Japanese pâtisserie – which usually comes not only with joy for visual presentation but with guaranteed good taste – was missing. When I happened to see the picture of the “matcha chou à la crème” from Café Komine, I simply knew I had to have it. When I did, it made me want to boast about the fact that I knew the best pâtisserie in town. Komine opened its doors in December last year, by a former cellist turned qualified pâtissier, Shin Komine, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu Tokyo. His creations are unlike anything that’s existed in Berlin until now, such as the beautiful “mont blanc”, a staple at Japanese pastry shops. It’s hard to choose your favorite from the selection on display, and it’s even harder to take your first forkful, inevitably destroying the most beautiful thing on earth. But once you do, the rest goes down faster than you can imagine. (Text & Photos: Akiko Watanabe)
Café Komine, Wed-Sat 12.30-19h, Sun 12.30-18h
Welserstr.13-15, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg; map
Akiko Watanabe is a Berlin-based freelance coordinator and editor at Lodown Magazine.